Sean Daley, better known as his stage name Slug, is an American rapper composing half of a hip-hop group dubbed Atmosphere. He is the lyricist and vocalist, while his good friend Anthony Davis (known as Ant) DJs and produces. He also cofounded Rhymesayers Entertainment, an independent record label. The name Slug is derived from Little Sluggo after his father’s nickname, Sluggo. Slug has become to be known as an acronym for Sean Loves Ugly Girls. Sean Daley was born September 7, 1972 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother is Caucasian and father is Native American-African American. There has been dispute by some over that Sean identifies himself as black. Slug mentioned in an interview that he pays no attention to that. His parents divorced before Sean was a teenager and he grew up between his mother’s and his grandfather’s guardianship. Atmosphere released their first album, “Overcast!!,” in 1997. This is the only album that features verses by Spawn, Slug’s friend who helped form the group. Slug criticizes his first album with, "It's obvious that I’m trying so fucking hard on Overcast and you can see through it and tell it's not a person it's more of an attempt at trying to fill the niche, it was like I was trying to prove to myself that I was a rapper." In 1999, Rhymesayers Entertainment opened, Fifth Element, an independent record shop in Minneapolis. The idea was to not only have and artist owned record label, but also a store to sell the music they produce. Atmosphere then went on to produce eight more full albums, the latest being “The Family Sign,” released in 2010.
“My first struggle was to validate myself or even prove to my immediate peers that I’m supposed to be a rapper. I think that’s many rappers first struggle making music, which is why you get many people’s first records when they’re making music are about “I’m over your head like a raptor, I’m fresh, I’m so good at this, I’m fresh.” From there, I started dealing with some of my codependences as...
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